New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio are once again surprising no one by being soft on criminals- this time paying low-level defendants with $15 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards for completing a courtroom climate survey.
In yet another bizarre taxpayer-funded endeavor that we can’t make up, the defendants are given the delicious incentives after completing a survey that asked everything about how their treatment was to the temperature of the courtroom.
The program costs $800,000 and is ruffling feathers among the less politically-affiliated NYPD officers.
“Once again, the mayor wants to appease the criminals at taxpayers’ expense,” said an NYPD source. “Next thing they’ll be giving out Macy’s cards so these perps could do their holiday shopping.”
For de Blasio, it’s nothing new- in October, he rewarded behaving inmates with pizza parties.
Sergeants union president Ed Mullins said: “There’s a longstanding statement that crime doesn’t pay. We’ve now proved it does. It now pays for a $15 Dunkin’ Donuts card. Maybe we can give them confiscated firearms, too.”
The 144 question survey seems worth it to several defendants interviewed by the New York Post.
“I spoke and shared my honest opinions and was awarded a gift card, which was great,” said personal trainer Keith Ware, who is facing a disorderly conduct charge.
Rodney Jones -who was busted for carrying a cap gun- asserted that the money was well spent “because some people come here and don’t have money to eat lunch.”
Several court officers are offended by the program.
“It isn’t my job to be nice or make friends,” one court officer said. “It’s my job to make the courthouse run smoothly.”
The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice naturally defended doling out the gift cards as “compensation” for the survey participants’ time, claiming that $800,000 is a “minuscule” part of the overall budget.
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